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Ambient Energy Conversion System

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Department of Defense
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2013 / SBIR
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Small Business Information
Physical Optics Corporation
Electro-Optics Systems 1845 West 205th Street Torrance, CA 90501-
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Woman-Owned: Yes
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2013
Title: Ambient Energy Conversion System
Agency: DOD
Contract: W911QY-13-P-0235
Award Amount: $99,968.00


To address the Armys need for a self-replenishing power technology for protective eyewear with active lenses, Physical Optics Corporation (POC) proposes to develop a new Ambient Energy Conversion (AEC) system, which is based on integration of three energy harvesting sources: a photovoltaic structure, a thermoelectric generator, and a 3D motion energy harvester. Operation of these sources is supervised by a miniature power management unit. All components are integrated into the eyewear platform. The innovative photovoltaic structure is an inherent component of the eyewear lens and converts light energy in the ultraviolet and infrared spectra into electric power, preserving>90% of visible light transmission. The thermoelectric generator and 3D motion energy harvester replenish eyewear power both day and night. Therefore, this AEC system offers over 72 hr of operation with electrochromic-based protective eyewear, or over 300 days using POC's liquid crystal lenses, without external charge, while weighing

Principal Investigator:

Alex Naumov
Principal Scientist
(310) 320-3088

Business Contact:

Gordon Drew
Chief Financial Officer
(310) 320-3088
Small Business Information at Submission:

Physical Optics Corporation
Applied Technologies Division 1845 West 205th Street Torrance, CA -

EIN/Tax ID: 330118051
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: Yes
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No